For children and youth who have experienced abuse and/or trauma, navigating our justice system can be lengthy and very challenging. Finding innovative ways to address their needs is a necessary part of supporting children and youth. Facility dogs help to keep children and youth calm and focused throughout their testimony. They provide comfort and support during what can be a stressful and difficult experience. Children who are less anxious are more likely to provide candid and accurate testimony.
Boost Accredited Reliable K9s (BARK) program provides additional support to children and youth through the use of Accredited Facility Dogs. Iggy, Jersey and Aria are specially trained and provide comfort and support to children and youth in the Toronto and Peterborough offices.
A Friend Like Iggy
This is a true story about Iggy, a special dog who helps kids get through difficult times. When children disclose abuse, they often must navigate an unfamiliar chain of events, sometimes even needing to testify in court. Iggy’s job is to make each child he meets comfortable. He eases the way with his gentle, non-judgemental friendship. He can be present for police interviews, counseling sessions, court preparation, and testifying. The book can be purchased here.